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The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry

Edited by Alan Kaufman

  • ISBN13: 9781560252276
  • Pub Date: 10/27/1999 | Price: $24.99 / $31.50 CAN
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Trim: 6.00 x 9.00 Inches | 736 Pages
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About the Book

From the Beat poetry of the '50s to the spoken word of today, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry brings readers the words, visions, and extravagant lives of bohemians, beatniks, hippies, punks, and slackers. Like Donald Allen's epochal New American Poetry, The Outlaw Bible will serve as a primer for generational revolt and poetic expression, and is an enduring document of the visionary tradition of authenticity and nonconformity in literature. This exuberant manifesto includes lives of the poets, on-the-scene testimony, seminal underground articles never before collected, photographs of clubs and cafes, interviews, and, above all, the poems.

About the Author

Alan Kaufman is a writer-in-residence in The New York Public Library's Frederick Lewis Allen Room. In addition to the "Outlaw anthologies", The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, The Outlaw Bible of American Literature (co-edited with Barney Rosset), The Outlaw Bible of American Essays, The Outlaw Bible of American Art his books include the novel Matches, the memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel and the anthology The New Generation. His most recent book of poetry is Straight Jacket Elegies. Kaufman is the former dean of The Free University of San Francisco and has been a lecturer at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His essays on culture and politics have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, McSweeneys and other publications.